Help Musicians UK is proud to announce brand new funding for Future Bubblers alumni

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is proud to announce a brand new fund for Future Bubblers Alumni. The charity has been supporting Future Bubblers since 2015 with £27,000 awarded to individual artists. The new Future Bubblers Alumni bursaries have been designed to support artists who have built momentum within the supportive environment of the Future Bubblers and are now ready for more investment to realise their individual musical and professional visions.

Future Bubblers Alumni Bursaries of up to £1,000 were offered via a competitive application process which we hope will work to build valuable confidence and skills needed to access future funding support. Compelling and exciting applications were received for projects which often not only support the individual artist, but the wider music scene that they work within, echoing the ethos of the Future Bubblers.

Funding will support the recording and release of new music, the creation of innovative music videos, vinyl to be pressed, instruments to be purchased and more. For example, Help Musicians UK’s support has alleviated the financial pressure on Mali Hayes’ tour to Croatia. The R&B soul artist had previously been crowdfunding for her band’s trip to festivals such as Soundwave and Outlook. This is an example of why investment in the next steps for these artists is vital.  

Upon receiving the news, Mali said:

“Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you and all at Help Musicians UK. I cannot tell you how excited I am for the project to go ahead now! What an amazing opportunity, and to be able to fulfil it because of HMUK means the absolute world!”

Director of Programme, Claire Gevaux says: 

“The Future Bubblers are an exciting and talented group of emerging artists that we're delighted to be able to support in developing their careers in the industry. We recognise that being a catalyst to empower an artist's journey to success and a sustained career is what we can do best in partnerships like this one. We look forward to watching this group of talented artists benefit from the extra funding we are able to give them through our new Alumni Bursary Fund and can't wait to hear what they do!”

Amy Frenchum, Project Manager at Brownswood Music who run the Future Bubblers programme, had this to say:

“Being able to work with Help Musicians UK once again and to extend the opportunities available to the Bubblers has been so rewarding. Being able to sustain a sense of momentum for these artists at such a pivotal moment in all their careers is so important.”


The ten artists who will receive the Alumni Bursary are:

Yazmin Lacey

Yazmin Lacey will be working with visual artist, Tilly Mint and Three Shades Film company in producing a music video that captures the soul singer’s vision for debut single, Black Moon.

Skinny Pelembe

Funding from the Future Bubblers Alumni Scheme will go toward live tour equipment and producing a music video for new single, "Not Your Friend, Not Your Enemy (ft Yazmin Lacey)” from upcoming EP.


The new-wave jazz artist will use his bursary on pressing and distributing his debut EP on vinyl to be released in October.


Medikul through his label, Homemade Music, will release an album of field recordings featuring collaborations from fellow Future Bubblers.

Mali Hayes

Mali Hayes will travel to Croatia to perform two festivals, Outlook and Soundwave, producing on-the-road content along the way.

Revenu / Liam van Ryn

After success with debut EP, Serendipity, Revenu will be using his bursary toward paying collaborators and visual artists for work on his forthcoming album.

Nashe xx

Nashe xx is going to produce a music video to go along with latest single release ‘Used To’ as well as mix and master a brand-new track.

Three Body Trio

The electronic jazz trio will be recording and releasing their debut LP with local start-up, Grand Vinyl and Paper Stone Studios in Nottingham.

Sam Pills

Funding from the Future Bubblers Alumni Scheme will enable DJ, Lewis Ashley, to record and press a vinyl-only release of his debut EP, Sam Pills.

Ratomagoson / Thru Colours 

Fellow Future Bubblers Ratomagoson and Thru Colours will collaborate with reggae artist Star Bingi in producing and releasing a digital EP.


Future Bubblers is a youth music talent discovery and development project started by Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood music. It is rooted in mentoring and the slow build career model. It has a strong focus on multi-genre artists based outside of London and makes a concerted effort to reach out to young people operating outside of the usual support networks. Future Bubblers looks to remove all the unnecessary barriers that make some of the country’s most brave creators feel limited and unable to move ahead.

Learn more about the scheme and HMUK’s support from an interview with Future Bubbler, Kayla Painter.

Applications for the Year 4 Future Bubblers Scheme are open until the 24 August. This year’s focus city is Manchester, but applications from all over the UK are welcome. Apply now here!

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